Asia | China | North West | Lanzhou – The night train to Lanzhou
We took the bus from Xiahe to Lanzhou. Our next stop is Dunhuang. The ticket attendant told me there was no more sleeper seats left for tonight’s train, but we felt like keeping up with the momentum, and bought two hard seat tickets.
During the six hours in Lanzhou, we sampled pizza near the university to the music of Britney Spears. Moving onto the hotpot place, we were upgraded to a classy dining room, and sweated around a pot of boiling broth while our palates rejoiced.
I could feel my blood pressure going up in the train station’s waiting room. An hour before the train was to pull out, a huge line had already formed at the entrance, as if getting on the train early could ensure a better seat than already assigned. But things improved significantly when we got on the train. It wasn’t any worse than the European trains except for the 100% occupancy rate. The car was air-conditioned and the seats were clean. A screen showed the hourly speed and the temperature in and out of the train. Who needed a sleeper anyway?